We’ve all been there… feeling absolutely drained after a long-haul flight. Wanting to go to bed at random times in the day, or having all the energy in the world in the middle of the night.
So how do you avoid jet lag, and how do you adapt to the new time zone as quickly as possible?
Ahead of your travels
- There’s a few things you can do to prepare for your trip in order to avoid jet lag. First of all, try to book an overnight flight, which means you will land during daytime, and then easier can adapt your eat and sleep schedule.
- Make sure you get a good night’s sleep before you travel. Yes, we know this is easier said than done with all the packing and watering plants, and arranging a dig sitter, or whatever it is that you need to do last minute. But just try to plan ahead so that you’re not too tired at the start of your journey already.
- If you’re due to travel across multiple time zones it’s good to try to shift your sleep schedule a few days ahead of your travel date. Try going to bed 1 hour earlier every night if you’re travelling east, and 1 hour later every night if you’re travelling west.
During your flight
- Once you’re on the flight, try tricking your mind into thinking it’s the new time zone by changing your watch and the time on your phone to the timezone of your destination.
- It’s easy to get dehydrated on a plane, which makes you even more tired, so make sure to drink lots of water.
- Avoid stimulants such as coffee and alcohol, as these will mess with your body’s own rhythm.
- Take lots of naps. Bring a neck pillow, an eyemask and noise cancelling headphones or earplugs to make sure you’re as rested as possible when you land and can get on with your day.
- Once having arrived at your destination, adapt to the time zone as soon as possible. If it’s daytime when you arrive, try to avoid going to sleep even if you’re tired. Get outside and explore. Go to bed at their normal time, or just slightly earlier if you’re too exhausted.
- Make sure you get enough exposure to natural sunlight – this is important as it boosts your body’s natural energy, and helps you get through those first few days of feeling tired.
- Eat at the local time. Once you land, try to have your meals at the local time so your body can adjust. If you land at night then have dinner at the local time, and if you land in the morning, have breakfast at the local time.
What’s your best advice for avoiding jet lag?